Alden: Derby Shoes
This historic cornerstone of the shoemaking industry started off in distant 1884, in a town called Middleborough (Massachusetts, USA). The company’s carrier has been characterized by numerous ups and downs due to the economical and social conditions of the US, however today, it has reached international acclaim, becoming the only original New England shoe and boot-maker factory still proudly standing. Throughout the years, Alden has remained a family owned business, still carrying forward a tradition of quality genuine-welted shoemaking that is exceptional in every way.
Every Alden New England shoe features tempered steel shank, precisely outlined and triple-ribbed for extra strength. The shank is the backbone of a fine welt shoe, and it provides the proper support and shape so necessary when you are having a typical frenetic day.
Each Alden shoe follows a Genuine Goodyear welt construction. Top quality leather welting is securely stitched through the upper to the insole rib.
The outsoles are specially treated for durable wear, and later patiently burnished with carnauba waxes, also called palm waxes, to a fine lustre.
The leather uppers are 'ed from the top grades of the finest tanneries in the world. This particular shoe is built using Genuine Shell Cordovan (or simply, cordovan), which is equine leather made from the fibrous flat muscle beneath the hide on the rump of the horse. Alden follows a centuries-old method of pure vegetable tanning and hand finishing, which is nowadays considered rare art. The tanning process, in fact, takes a full six months to complete and produces leather that is soft, supple, and very durable.